Wednesday, February 08, 2006
The yarn gets a lot of love on the old blog and at home. Knitting is just more reasonable to do with young children. First, there's the choking hazard presented by beads. Second, the set up and take down of my beading workstation is quite labor intensive. Third, setting down a bead project is a bit harder to do as beads by nature are quite fiddly. I will be doing a bit more beading the next few weeks as I have a special order of stitch markers to make, and a peyote stitch cuff that has been burning up my idea notebook. I also seem to feel more motivated to bead when it starts looking more like spring outside. I can't believe I already see buds on the trees. Today, I thought I'd share with you one of my first beading projects that I designed myself. This is an amulet bag that I made using the circular peyote stitch technique. This technique uses a beading stitch in the round. How you do this with beads is work the off loom bead weaving while holding your beadwork on a wood dowel, to stabilize the beads and to provide a surface to work the stitch. I used 11/0 seed beads for the project and designed the bead pattern myself. I'm quite proud of it the results, though I hardly have the opportunity to wear the piece. Well, this will be a short post as SWB and PQL have been battling really bad colds this week. I feel the virus sinking it's meaty claws into me as well. Before I go though a preview of coming events. I've seamed up Twist and am in the final stages of knitting on the button band and collar. The Jaywalkers have been shown some love lately, and I hope to have the first Jaywalker to show soon. If I'm not in bed coughing up a lung by the weekend I hope to have some FO's for you soon!